Looking for a nearby beach to escape the crowds? Try Fair Harbor on Fire Island, a quaint little village with a clean, quiet beach and where families on bikes fill the tiny boardwalk paths. A few weeks ago, my boyfriend and I decided to head out to Fair Harbor as an alternative to local beaches like Coney Island, which swarm with tourists and New Yorkers alike.
Though we borrowed a car, the Long Island Railroad is a great option for travel from midtown Manhattan. Just walk a few blocks from the Bay Shore station, on the Montauk Branch of the LIRR, to the Fire Island Ferries and hop on one heading to Fair Harbor. Once on the island, you can walk directly to the beach or ride a bike around the pine tree- and bungalow-lined paths, which are closed to cars.
Stop for food at Fair Harbor’s Pioneer Market and grab beach supplies or souvenirs at its one other shop, Corliss on the Bay. If you have too much to carry, renters and residents are known to use wagons to pull their groceries home from the store. Whether you plan to relax on the beach, frolic in the waves or walk along the shoreline, Fair Harbor is a calm and secluded spot to enjoy a summer day.